Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Oreo Birthday Cake

You say it’s my BIRTHDAY!

My birthday this year falls on a Wednesday… BORING!  So I got together with my hometown best friends the weekend before.  I decided I’d make my own cake this year!  Why not, it’s something I ENJOY doing.  I had been pondering what to make for the longest time.  Then, I saw this.  And I instantly knew what I was going to make.  The only thing was, I wanted to change the frosting.  To me, that cake looked like crushed Oreos, so instead of using the dark chocolate frosting, I wanted to use a WHITE chocolate frosting; so it would taste like a big fat Oreo!.  One of my friends recently made a white chocolate cake for her sister-in-law’s birthday.  Luckily she gave me her “recipe” (she had just eyeballed it).

I made this cake while I was at my parents house, and my mom didn’t have any 9-inch pans, but she did have 8-inch ones.  I was pretty excited to do my first 3-layer cake.  (Is this a sign of being old?  Being excited about an additional layer on a cake?)  My friend who’s apartment we’d be celebrating at that night texted me to ask if I needed anything from the grocery.  I asked her to pick me up some Oreos, then on second thought I texted her back and asked her to get a SMALL package because the last thing us girls needed was a full package of Oreos!  I crushed up a couple of them and topped the cake!

If you like chocolate, then THIS is your cake.  It really did have the flavor of an Oreo cookie.  Yum Yum Yum!


Oreo Birthday Cake

Hershey's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake: from Hershey's Recipes, as seen on This Piggy Went To Market
White Chocolate Frosting: my friend Jamie


2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
6 Oreos crushed

around 4-6 oz white chocolate
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar
a couple splashes of milk


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Frost, then top with crushed Oreos.

Melt chocolate over double boiler. Meanwhile cream butter. Once chocolate has melted add to butter. Continue to mix at low to medium speed while adding vanilla. Gradually add in milk and sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency.

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14 Responses to “Oreo Birthday Cake”

  1. 1
    bakingblonde — November 12, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

    that looks sinfully delicious!!

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    KMAYS — November 13, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    Now THAT is a serious chocolate cake.

  3. 3
    Leslie Craven — February 2, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    We made this for our Super Bowl Party – except with gold icing! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Julie Benningfield — May 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    Made this for my son’s birthday this weekend. It was simple to make and turned out fabulous – moist and delicious! I love the look of the black cake against the white frosting. I thought the dark crumbs of the cake would get stuck in the frosting, but I just went slowly and it looked great. Instead of crumbling the cookies on top, I stuck mini Oreos on their sides around the top edge of the cake. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    • Erin replied: — May 17th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

      Thanks for letting me know how it turned out! I loved the black & white combo too. Great idea with the mini-oreos!

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    cool — July 19, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    nnice lloking cake iii looove oreos im gon do it for my bros b-day on thursday Thanks!

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    Alicia — July 21, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    Does the icing tast similar to the filling in oreos? I am planning to fix an oreo bday cake for my birthday Saturday and I was hoping to get as close to that consistency as possible.

    • Erin replied: — July 21st, 2010 @ 10:44 am

      My friends and I all thought it tasted like the filling of an Oreo. Especially when paired with the cake, and topped with oreos. We all thought “YUM! Big fat Oreo!” Let me know if you do try it, and how it turns out!

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    J — November 18, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    I will be making this soon and was wondering how much is 3/4 cup of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate? Is it the whole bar, little less than the bar, or more than one bar?



    • Erin replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

      It’s actually Hershey’s Special Dark COCOA. In the baking aisle, right next to the regular Hershey’s cocoa. I think about 99% of the time I’ve always found it at Walmart, but I’ve also gotten it at other groceries. Here’s a link to the cocoa, see how the dark cocoa’s box has red on the label? It’s a darker, more intense cocoa. And it’s awesome! Hope that helps you out!

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    Jessica — October 27, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Looks amazing…Thanks for sharing! Just wondering if I missed something, but it looks like you have 3 layers and the recipe says you need 2 cake pans. Do you really need 3 or did you make 1.5 times the cake batter recipe?

    • Erin replied: — October 30th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

      Sorry it took me so long to respond. Yes I did use 3 pans. I baked this cake while I was at my mom’s house, and she only had 8 inch cake pans, as I said in my second paragraph. At my house, I have 9 inch pans. The cake recipe is originally from Hershey’s and their instructions are exactly the same whether you use two 9 inch pans or three 8 inch pans. I used instructions for the 9 inch pans, because I thought they were more common, but I could be completely wrong! I guess I should have went with the instructions that better match the photo, as to not confuse! Hope that helps!

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    Azshab — March 11, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Woow i love this recipe ! it has edeinitely inspired me in brainstorming for a party cake although i belive i might add an extra twist ( i love strawberries and such ) so i’m definitely hit on this adaptation !!!

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